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Outer Islands

Warning against pa’ua harvest

Thursday July 05, 2018

The Ministry of Marine Resources has confirmed that it advised against the harvest of pa’ua (giant clams) from the uninhabited island of Manuae by the Aitutaki Island Government (AIG) for the upcoming Te Maeva Nui Constitution celebrations.

After spending 10 days in Rarotonga, New Zealand yachties Mike George and Sue Harvey were headed north to Suwarrow yesterday, carrying with them a load of general stores and gardening tools for National Environment Service rangers Harry Papai and John Samuel – along with a box of beers courtesy of Te Ipukarea Society.

As the Mei Te Vai Ki Te Vai project management unit (PMU) prepares a full report from its extensive environmental investigations, they are able to report one of the key findings - that groundwater in the Muri catchment is directly connected to water in Muri Lagoon.

The who’s who of Pacific Fisheries are in the Cook Islands ahead of the annual ministerial meeting of the Forum Fisheries Committee to discuss the outlook and prospects for tuna fisheries including the Regional Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries.

Water relief for Penrhyn

Monday July 02, 2018

The government is transporting 100,000 litres of water to Tongareva (Penrhyn) to provide relief to residents facing water issues on the northern group island.

They arrived back a week later than originally planned, but Te Ipukarea Society’s Suwarrow expedition team were all smiles when the General Transport barge Layar Mas 291 delivered them to Avarua wharf bright and early at eight o’clock on Thursday morning.

This weekly column is supplied by Te Ipukarea Society. It deals with conservation and environment issues of interest to the Cook Islands. This week technical director Kelvin Passfield reports on a TIS team’s trip to Suwarrow to conduct a rat baiting project on the island and nearby motu.

There’s no easy solution for Pa Enua travel realities, but 24-hour solar power lightens the mood, reports Lisa Leilani Williams.

A story run last week by New Zealand news website Stuff about the Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort being for sale has now been picked up by news agencies around the world – despite the resort having been on the market for months, if not years.

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